Relax…It’s Just Sex (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1998.  Forefront Films, Sneak Preview Entertainment.  Screenplay by P.J. Castellaneta.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Witty independent films about groups of young people trying to cope with modern life are a dime a dozen, but when they’re this enjoyable you can’t begrudge a director for riding a well-worn wave. P.J. Castellaneta has put together a group of very talented actors ( being at the top of the heap) to play an assortment of amiable characters who experience difficult situations but always have each other’s friendship to rely on. The climax of the film is a vicious gay-bashing scene that leads its main victim Vincey () to react very rashly in return. The rest of the film is spent watching the characters trying not to talk about the event and, in doing so, they spend all of their time talking about it. The story never bogs itself down in preachy monologues or pretentious revelations; it’s extremely funny, quick-witted and very touching. is wonderful as a love-lorn lesbian who claims to be so butch she makes Janet Reno look femme.

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